Shikhar Dhawan Unveils The Essence Of Dhoni and Virat’s Captaincy Styles
By CricShots - Jan 17, 2024 5:22 pm
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Indian cricket has been graced by exceptional leaders throughout its rich history, with iconic figures like Mansoor Pataudi, Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and the current skipper, Rohit Sharma. Under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, India achieved unprecedented success, clinching three ICC trophies – the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 ODI World Cup, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan, who solidified his position as India’s opener during Dhoni’s tenure, emerged as the highest run-scorer in the Champions Trophy. Although his presence waned in Tests and T20Is, Dhawan maintained remarkable consistency in ODIs under Kohli’s captaincy. Reflecting on the distinct captaincy styles of Dhoni and Kohli, Dhawan shared insights into their approaches during an exclusive interview with The Times of India.

“Both MS Dhoni bhai and Virat Kohli have distinct styles of captaincy, shaped by their personalities, approaches to the game, and leadership philosophies. I have played under them and have good relations with them. I think both of them are exceptional cricketers and everyone wants to become like them only,” Shikhar Dhawan remarked.

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Shikhar Dhawan highlighted Dhoni’s composed demeanour, emphasizing his ability to stay calm under pressure and trust his instincts in crucial moments. Known for effective man-management skills, Dhoni creates a positive team environment and remains a pillar of support for his players.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni

“Dhoni bhai is known for his calm and composed demeanour on the field, regardless of the match situation. This cool-headed approach has been a hallmark of his captaincy. Dhoni bhai is often praised for his instinctive decision-making. He trusts his cricketing instincts and has a knack for making the right calls, particularly in pressure situations,” Shikhar Dhawan explained.

Shifting focus to Virat Kohli, Dhawan commended the captain’s encouragement of young talents and emphasis on fitness. Kohli’s aggressive batting style sets the team’s tempo, and he leads by example with his commitment to physical fitness.

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“Virat Kohli has cultivated a youthful and energetic team environment. He encourages young talents and is willing to back them, providing opportunities for them to flourish. Kohli places a strong emphasis on fitness and conditioning. This focus on physical fitness has become a key aspect of the team culture under his captaincy,” Shikhar Dhawan praised.

In conclusion, Shikhar Dhawan acknowledged Kohli’s leadership from the front, setting high standards for intensity and performance within the team. The batsman’s insights shed light on the diverse yet impactful captaincy styles that have shaped Indian cricket.